austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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My head is spinning; I am a carousel

Some further stray Halloween thoughts as long as I've got them out: I like Halloween, even though I don't really do anything for it besides be ready to give out candy. I think it's good to have life be a little more strange all around. As a kid I dressed up, since, hey, when else in your life do you get to put the sort of vinyl sheets like are used to make car dealership triangular flags from against your clothes? But I was growing up in the late 70s, and my parents had four kids and not enough time, so for the most part we ended up getting store-bought costumes, and unfortunately back then store-bought costumes hadn't hit on the idea of being ``any good at all''.

You know the sort. They started out with the curious belief that they have an acceptable (for an example) Superman costume by giving out a light blue shirt which has a picture of Superman on it. The goal was apparently not to let someone dress as Superman so much as it was to let someone dress as a fan of Superman. If there were a plastic face mask it wouldn't fit me, but then nothing has ever fit me, although in a refreshing change it also wouldn't fit anyone else. The best we could hope for is to at some point have one eye lined up with one hole. Modern costumes are certainly more advanced what with selling blue T-shirts that actually have the Superman ensign on them and other great innovations like that. One costume I saw in the mall ridiculously enough even included a plastic-moulded abdominal `six-pack' for the kid.

My costuming came to a climax of sorts one year when we got a new washing machine in October, and I was able to commandeer the box. So I was able to go in a truly classic, timeless outfit: the not excessively coordinated kid who's wearing a washing machine box. It was also wrapped in aluminum foil, although not through the whole of school and night trick-or-treating. After that, really, what could I hope to do to top that other than to actually try?

Trivia: In 1918 Samuel Goldwyn signed humorist Will Rogers to a yearlong contract at $2,250 per week, with an option for a second year at $3,000 per week. Rogers had previously been earning a thousand dollars per week touring with the Ziegfeld Follies. Source: Goldwyn: A Biography, A Scott Berg.

Currently Reading: To Rule The Waves: How The British Navy Shaped The Modern World, Arthur Herman. Since he also wrote How The Scots Invented The Modern World I'm counting on seeing a lot of the Scots inventing the Navy.

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